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Chief Joseph Middle School helps students cope with the loss of Alex Hatley

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Students of Chief Joseph's Middle School in Richland received a letter from the principal after a tragic car accident last night took one 6th grader's life and left another in the hospital in critical condition.

The letter details the sadness workers at the school district, teachers, parents and of course students are feeling right now. It explains what happened last night.
Alex Hatley and her cousin Taylor Tefft were seriously injured from the crash.

Alex has passed away, but we have been told by the school district her cousin Taylor is still alive, but in critical condition. 

13 extra counselors were brought in today to help students cope with the loss.
We talked with workers from the Richland School District and they say about 100 students have visited with counselors and 30 students left school to grieve at home.

"A situation like this where you lose a fellow student, you're going to have a lot of students that are going to have some emotions and that's why we put the counselors in there to talk to as many students that need to talk," community relations worker at Chief Joseph Middle School Steve Aagaard said. "It's a sad situation, we feel bad for the families of course. It's a sad time over at Chief Joe and we just hope all the students that need the help are getting that help."